2014 Schedule

Patrick Kavanagh Western Assoc. GALWAY


Harbour Hotel, Saturday 19th July , 4pm – The Events Programme for this event is being finalised and will be uploaded in the near future.


Salthill Hotel, Saturday 5th July 2014


Brief Music recital by Ide Ni Faolain and friends

MC Introduction

A  Kavanagh Assoc. committee member will briefly outline history and popularity of these Galway Literary events which are now in their 6th Year.


Illustrated Talk by Peter McDonnall entitled ‘Patrick Kavanagh at 110’

Peter grew up near Inniskeen and is Medical Scientist by profession. He is the current Chairman of the Monaghan Association in Dublin and for the last twelve years has held an annual “Remembering Patrick Kavanagh” evening in Buswell’s Hotel.

Poem – 1954

Keynote address by Pat Walsh author of ‘PATRICK KAVANAGH & the Leader’ on the poet, the politician and the libel trial of 1954

Originally from Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, Pat Walsh now lives in Dún Laoghaire. He has recently retired from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council where he worked as a Librarian. He is now a full-time writer and the author of ‘The Curious Case of the Mayo Librarian’, ‘PATRICK KAVANAGH & the Leader’ in 2010 and ‘A Rebel Act: Michael Hartnett’s farewell to English’.

Dramatisation by Margaret Martin ‘A Heart Hungry for Poetry’

Margaret has acted in and directed plays and musicals around the West of Ireland. Until recently she had her own Speech and Drama school and she graduated with an M.A in Modern Theatre Studies. Margaret lectures in Public Speaking at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). She lived at Main Street, Carrickmacross for 20 years.

Song with music accompaniment

8:30pm  Interval –  20mins

Raffle – valuable prizes on offer !

Patrick Kavanagh – A Life’ performed by PJ. Brady

A native of County Cavan, P.J. is a member of the Society of Irish Playwrights. In 1987 he formed The Dry Bread Theatre Company in An Béal Bocht where he performed The Life and Times of the Poet Patrick Kavanagh and The Poor Mouth by Flann O Brien. He has performed in The Abbey Theatre in A Thief of a Christmas by Tom Murphy, and The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky.  He also performed in The Gate Theatre in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.

Since 1993, PJ has published four Poetry collections and has also appeared in a number of Irish Films including: The Playboys, Far and Away, Run of the Country, The Boy from Mercury, Thou Shalt not Kill, Fools of Fortune, and Mia Mine Forever.

Brian Dooley, Inniskeen

Inniskeen musician and storyteller, Brian has been a great mentor to the Patrick Kavanagh Western Assoc. The theme of his talk this year is ‘A Place called Home’. He’s agreed to MC the bring the Festival Club which he’ll, no doubt, bring to life with song and stories from Kavanagh country.

Audience readings

We will have reading materials available to allow audience-members  participate with brief readings of their favourite Kavanagh piece.

Finish 10:15pm approx.

Refreshments in Bar

Festival Club in Aran Suite with Music, Song and story from Kavanagh-country from 10:30pm



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